Randy Berg, the city’s supervisor of bylaw compliance and security, at left, tests the noise from the tailpipe while motorcyclist Mike Kah revs his engine. Kah was one of five motorcyclists to come out to a motorcycle noise testing clinic on Saturday at the West End Community Centre. The free clinic was part of the city’s efforts to determine whether it should create a bylaw restricting motorcycle noise. Of the five bikes, only one registered a noise level above the acceptable range. Kah’s bike passed by at least four decibels, but he says his last bike would not have passed and he’s interested to see what whether the city opts to introduce a bylaw. Enforcement may be the trickiest part of a bylaw, as the noise test must be done when the bike is stationary. “There is no way to do it that I know of as they are riding, which is just as well, because we don’t have the authority to stop them,” said Berg.
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